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Syrah av age 25-30 yrs, all destemmed until 2018 when 12% stems included, 4 week steel/concrete vat vinification at 28°C, regular pumping overs, 1 part vat emptying/refilling at start of maceration, aged 33%-50% new, 50%-67% 1-2 year 228 and 400-litre oak casks 12-14 months, unfined, filtered, called Les Nobles Rives until early 2000s, then Cornas until 2012, 19,000 b

2018 ()

(casks) dark red colour; the bouquet is wide, gives a glimpse of mineral, minted cut, is mainly composed of black stone fruits with obvious ripeness, a sultry pose struck by them. The palate is well juiced, in the instant, has a roll of black fruits with thickness in the juice. It’s substantial Cornas, feet plonked on the ground, a chunky do, maybe a bit rustic. From 2022-23. 2038-41 Nov 2019

2017

(casks) dark red robe; ripe, obvious, pretty full nose, soaked fruits with some damp notes to the fore. It’s a plush start, not very Cornasien in that respect. The palate gives red, raspberry flavouring with oak-toffee closely in tow. It’s a bit too much on the formula winemaking trail, but will give pleasure to lovers of sweet fruit, easy tannins no problem. The aftertaste is smoked. From spring 2020. 2032-34 Dec 2018

2016

(casks) full, dark red robe. The bouquet is an amiable affair, shows cooked plums, red fruits with a smoky hover from the oak. There is a little sweetness and decent width, enough for it to convince OK. The palate holds stewed red fruit content with toffee style tannins and their lip smack presence, vanilla from them coming through on the finish. It needs more lift. This is workmanlike Cornas, middle depth, middle range. From 2019. 2026-27 Nov 2017

2015

(casks) dark red. The bouquet is a soft and rounded affair, led by cooked plums, red berry fruits. The palate also carries fleshy, supple content with mild tannins. It’s a curvy Cornas that lacks the pedigree and depth of the best, is perfectly drinkable but doesn’t show much proper terroir. The plump, easy, mild nature will appeal to those who don’t know the Rhône well. 13.3°. From 2018. 2024-25 Oct 2016

2014

(casks) dark red robe. The bouquet gives an inky depth of dark berry fruit, but is heightened by a winsome drift of flowers, rendering it attractively rounded. This is soft, accessible Cornas on the palate – the fruit is squeezy, the tannins mild. It is close to drinking OK. It lacks real profile, is pleasant. Enough written. From late 2016. 2022-23  Oct 2015 

2013 ()

(casks) good looking dark red. There is an appealing spot of sweetness in its raspberry fruit aroma – this is a mild, welcoming Cornas in style. The nose connects well to the palate, which picks up on the touch sweet red berry appeal of the nose. Fine tannins are present. This is an early drinking very agreeable Cornas; it does more on the first half of the palate, ends on a small note of grain and mineral. Mild but authentic. It drinks well now. 13°. 2020-21  Jan 2015

2012

sober dark red. The nose has a sweet outlook, a coulis, light liqueur style of red berries, a hint of meatiness and grilling. The palate has an earthy foundation, builds into glow on the finish. It has a black berry-prune central flavour. The tannins shows some kick, so it ends with quiet life. It has gained depth in the past 14 months. 13°. 2020-21  Jan 2015 Previously Nov 2013 **(*) (casks) red robe; simmered, sweet, slightly high red fruit berries air, an oaked murmur in the background. This is mainstream Cornas: the first half bears straightforward red fruit, with low-level grain tannin following. No particular complexities, nuance, though the granular end evokes the place. Lacks true Cornas depth. 13°. 2020-21  Nov 2013

2011

dark red; the nose offers an appealing sweep of red berry fruit, a mulled depth in it, and a note of perfume and flowers, a wee touch of chocolate. The palate is plump hearted, has a tasty centre point which makes it easy to like. This is not mysterious, is an early drinking wine with mild grain tannins. The aftertaste is gummy, lip smacking, shows red stone fruits and a hint of oak. Close to ready. 13°. 2019-20  Nov 2013 Previously Nov 2012 *** (casks) full red; roast, toasted first air, a nose of sound depth, plum fruit at the centre, black berry and smoke. The palate is tight-knit, three quarter weight. Red plum fruit is followed by nutty, more date-like richness on a ripe second stage. There are light traces of mineral, dust on the late stages. Raw, but sound. Has enough body to be genuine Cornas. Decent length, with roasting there also. From mid-2014 or 2015. 2021-22  Nov 2012

2010

dark red, good, rich shine to the robe. There is a handsome welling up of blackberry, coffee, toffee, raisins and dates on the ripe nose. Tar and licorice, roasted airs also feature. The palate is rich, though dumb now, not on a fixed path. It is fat at its centre, with a coating of ripe matter around it, while the tannins have a firm, sustained presence. The texture is oily from the great vintage. For now the finish is a bit stretched, withdrawn. It will be very good around 2016-19. From late 2014. 2023-25  Nov 2012

2009

dark robe with a good, oily look. The nose is wide and sustained, displays the vintage depth; it leads with chocolate, has a grilled air and a raspberry-blackberry fruit infusion. It needs 18 months to open more and get going, and move past its current darkness. The palate is well-fruited, with oak still in the mix, on show. Its black fruits bear some tension, a tribute to the Cornas soils. It ends on clear, mobile fruit whose suave texture offsets the pebble of the tannins which are more robust than those of 2010. It also needs time to lose its oak and become properly local – drink from late 2013. 13.5°. 2022-24  Dec 2011

2008

robe has dark tints, is a full red. Oak most of all, also sizzling bacon on the first aroma, spots of violet – a pretty decent ensemble here, tar with smoke, incipient game in the background. The palate is already supple – a drinkable Cornas – but to reduce the oak, tar, burnt late moments, wait until spring 2012. The fruit is black stone, berry with a violet and licorice influence lying at its heart. An orderly 2008, modern Cornas but gives glimpses of local feel via its mineral moments and its rather stiff texture. Tidy length here. 13.5° - note the Cornas ripening in a lesser vintage – the Hermitage 2008 is at 13°. 2017-18 Nov 2010 Previously Nov 2009 **(*) dark, largely black, some purple robe which is not that bright. The nose is sleeping – there is a good inlay of black fruit, with soft floral hovering, and its oak is OK at this stage. The palate carries amenable black fruit or blackberry and licorice in combo, with a correct, clear final stretch. There is quiet promise if all goes well post bottling. The length is aided by the oak, but has matter alongside it. Sound, even if it is an oaked Cornas without great body. 13.5°. 2017-18 Nov 2009

2007 ()

sombre, rather dark robe. Liqueur, cassis de Dijon first aroma, with good oily tones, is in a still primary condition. The palate attack is also very on the cassis blackcurrant, with this steady black fruit all through – this is now hitting its stride. The length is OK, and it ends on just a touch of oak/tar. Pleasing wine, has a likeable texture, too. Bright and juicy, its juicy fruit lasts most of the way. 13.5°. 2017-18 Nov 2009 Previously Dec 2008 *** (casks) bright, dark robe; raisin-date, sweet airs on the nose – the sweetness is noticeable, and delivers flowers and also damp woods. Smooth black fruit starts the palate, with a push of intent. It ends on an area of fairly full matter, its tannins are integrated, and it leaves a salty aftertaste. The tannins are largely ripe, and contribute to its later continuity. Not bad balance here. From spring 2010. 2018-19 Dec 2008

2005 ()

(casks) bright robe with black traces in its deep red. Has a round shape of aroma from its maceration of four weeks – there is a skim of black fruits and plum that is not prominent now, with a little ripe oiliness, and some airy pockets. The fruit is tasty, fleshy, and atypical for Cornas, but it may come from the more sanded southern zone – Patou area. There is easy drinking in prospect, as the richness continues fine, and is followed by some late, ripe tannin. Sound balance, sound value for money I would expect. Can be drunk in 2008-09 due to its pretty, clear fruit. 2016-19 June 2007

2004

high tone, acetate aroma, with black berries in rear, has a clinical tone. Assertive, mineral-flecked flavour of prune fruits, also some wild raspberry late on. Still very young. Leave until 2008 for more roundness, has a stiff shape. Its extraction makes it a demanding sort of wine, not relaxed. 2017-19 April 2006

2003

(cask) full, soaked ripe fruit, peppery aroma. Raspberry attack, fair warmth. Rather southern style, lacks the usual Cornas cut. Oak renders it bit hard now. Herbal ending, some warmth. 2007 on. 2019-21

2002 ()

(cask) mid-weight prune/oak/leather nose; cooked fruits, assertive tannins, upright texture. Not very deep, can be OK by 2007. 2013-14

2001 ()

grilled/black fruit/mineral aroma; black fruit/pepper mix, sound flesh at core with good tannins. Nicely rich. 2006 on. 2016-18

2000

tar/some reduction, light jam aroma; easy texture, modern style - fleshy, ends a bit suddenly. 2009-12

1999

damp leaves, rich centre on bouquet; brewed fruit, lot of wine, closed up. Ripe tannins, mineral end, warm wine. 2006 on. 2015-17